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Third Arrest in Yarnell Fire Burglary

Yarnell Robbery

22 year old Thomas Adams of Yarnell arrested for burglarizing home evacuated during Yarnell Hill Fire

Sedona AZ (July 15, 2013) – Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives have continued their investigation into the burglary of a Yarnell home evacuated during the Yarnell Hill Fire. On July 12, 2013, detectives received an anonymous tip that 22-year-old Thomas Adams was in possession of stolen firearms taken from the victim’s residence. Adams was known to reside in Yarnell and associated with two men already in-custody for that burglary.

Late in the day on July 12, 2013, detectives contacted Adams during a traffic stop in Prescott, Arizona, and he readily admitted possessing a .22 caliber pistol stolen from the victim’s home. Adams indicated the handgun was still inside his Yarnell residence and that Robert Frost, a 22 year old transient arrested earlier with stolen property from the Yarnell home, had given him the weapon.

Detectives completed a search warrant for Adam’s residence and recovered the pistol along with additional stolen property.

Detectives expect to locate more firearms as the investigation continues. Several search warrants have already been served.

Adams was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Theft and Control of Stolen Property, Prohibited Possessor in Possession of a Firearm, and Trafficking in Stolen Property.

Detectives will continue looking for the remaining stolen property and the likelihood of additional burglary suspects. If anyone has information about this or other thefts in the Yarnell community, contact Detective Keith Levin at 928-771-3278.

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